Kevin Durant SF OKC 1 day ago
Durant (foot) scored 15 points with two rebounds and four assists in 23 minutes in Wednesday's preseason win over Minnesota. Durant said he had no issues with his foot, which underwent three procedures in the last year. "I felt great. Once I got on the court, I felt right at home," he told the Minneapolis Star Tribune.
Kevin Durant SF OKC 1 week ago
Durant (foot) reiterated Monday that he's fully cleared for the upcoming season, Anthony Slater of The Oklahoman reports. "Ready to go," Durant said. "Did everything necessary for me to get back on the court."
Kevin Durant SF OKC 2 weeks ago
Durant (ankle) has been fully cleared for training camp, Anthony Slater of The Oklahoman reports.
Kevin Durant SF OKC 2 months ago
Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant will practice with Team USA at this week's minicamp in Las Vegas after recovering from a foot injury, according to USA Today. Durant was expected to attend the minicamp all along, but he was not initially scheduled to take part in any practices. The 27-year-old was limited to just 27 games last season because of persistent foot problems, but he was recently cleared to return to basketball activities. Durant will not participate in the intra-squad showcase game Thursday, but he is expected to participate fully in practices Tuesday and Wednesday. He has stated repeatedly that he intends to play in the 2016 Olympic Games in Brazil, and he is a virtual shoo-in to make the 12-man squad assuming he can stay healthy. Durant's participation should also be taken as a sign that he will be ready to go for the start training camp in October.
Kevin Durant SF OKC 3 months ago
Durant (foot) has resumed running, which is the third stage of his recovery process, SiriusXM NBA Radio reports.
Durant started taking jump shots a couple weeks ago, and he's now made it to the next stage of his recovery. The next step, presumably, is to participate in drills that involve making cuts. He hopes to resume full basketball activities at the beginning of August, but it shouldn't make much of a difference if he misses the target date by a week or two. All signs point to Durant being ready for training camp, though the serious nature of his March surgery means the situation is still worth keeping a close eye on.
Kevin Durant SF OKC 3 months ago
Durant (foot) is not dealing with any pain and has begun taking jump shots, although he's still unable to run and cut, Andy Vasquez of The Record reports.
Durant's recovery seems to be right on track as he's still in line to play when the season starts anew in late October. In the meantime, the former MVP has a date set for Aug. 1 when he'll be able to resume full basketball activities. While his current status seems encouraging, the final two months of his recovery will be the determining factor of his value heading into the final season of his current contract with the Thunder.
Kevin Durant SF OKC 6 months ago
Durant missed 55 games due to foot complications during the 2014-15 NBA season, when he averaged 25.4 points, 6.6 rebounds, 4.1 assists, 0.9 steals, 0.9 blocks, and 2.4 three-pointers in 34 minutes per game.
Durant's 2014-15 campaign was marred by his time on the sidelines, where he spent the Thunder's first 17 games following mid-October surgery to repair a "Jones" fracture in his right foot. While that operation came with a 6-10 week timetable, Durant made his season debut Dec. 2 and played nine straight games before a right ankle sprain kept him out for nearly two weeks. In his subsequent return to the court, Durant spectacularly dropped 44 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists in 40 minutes against the Suns, showing the type of dominance that helped him earn the 2013-14 MVP award. Nonetheless, just over a month-and-a-half later, Durant required a second surgery on his right foot in mid-February, and never played before undergoing bone graft surgery on the same foot Mar. 31. The 26-year-old's latest foot operation came with a 4-6 month recovery time and Durant recently revealed the he's targeting Aug. 1 for his next return to action. If all goes well, Durant would then have three months to acclimate before the start of the 2015-16 season, which is his last season under contract with the Thunder. In terms of fantasy value, Durant's stock has unfortunately taken a huge hit due to his well-documented injuries. Those issues often capped Durant's minutes when he was available this season, which contributed toward some of his worst numbers since the 08-09 campaign. Although that comparison is relative to Durant's MVP standard of production, his health situation will be very important to monitor over the course of this offseason.
Kevin Durant SF OKC 6 months ago
Durant (foot) underwent successful bone graft surgery Tuesday, NBA.com reports.
Durant has been given a timetable of 4-to-6 months to return to basketball activities, putting his status for the start of next season in jeopardy. Knowing Durant, he'll do all he can to return as soon as possible, but given the situation, the Thunder's medical staff will ultimately have the final say as to how quickly his recovery progresses.
Kevin Durant SF OKC 6 months ago1 Comment
Durant (foot) will undergo another surgery on his foot and will miss the rest of the 2014-15 season, Royce Young of ESPN reports.
Durant, who has been rehabbing the foot for the last several weeks, will undergo a bone graft procedure after doctors determined his initial Jones fracture was showing signs of "regression." The surgery will keep Durant out for 4-to-6 months, and he's not expected to return to basketball activities until late in the summer. That puts his status for the start of the 2015-16 season in jeopardy, depending upon how smoothly his rehabilitation goes. Obviously, this is devastating news for the Thunder, who currently hold the eighth seed in the Western Conference. Look for Russell Westbrook to continue his aggressive play, as this news only confirms that he'll be without his co-star for the duration of the season.
Kevin Durant SF OKC 7 months ago2 Comments
Durant (foot) will be removed from basketball activities and is considered out indefinitely, Royce Young of ESPN reports.
This obviously is not good news for Durant or the Thunder, and the chances that the reigning MVP is able to return this season appear to be slimming. Durant, who has persistent soreness in his surgically repaired foot, will be removed from basketball activities and be evaluated at a later, unknown time. The team has not ruled him out for the rest of the season, however, but that's the direction this would seem to be headed.